E Cigarette Smoking or Vaping, what to expect?

This post a quite dated but still relevant. Post from bghouse, a list of what you may experience as you switch from tobacco to e-smoking/Vaping

Thanks bghouse

Hi All,

I thought it could be great if we compiled a list of common symptoms you've all gone through when switching to e-smoking. This would really help some of us newer e-smokers when trying to determine if we are experiencing things that would be considered relatively "normal symptoms" or something more.

For instance, many people list acne breakouts as normal if you switch to e-smoking completely - as you body starts expelling toxins. Another person mentioned sneezing and a tingling sensation sometimes when the vapor goes up their nose. And since PG breaks down to lactic acid, it would seem that muscle soreness might be experienced by some and still be considered normal.

1.) Dry Throat and / or Sore Throat
- PG is a humectants that will dry your mouth and throat.  You can find that after sleeping, you might wake up with a sore throat. Things that can help are drinking a glass of water before bed, gargling with a mouthwash  before bed, drinking water throughout the day, using hard candies and drinking teas with honey liquid thru the day to keep your mouth moist.

2.) Acne breakouts - Many e-smokers find that if they switch completely they experience small breakouts of acne. This seems to be a reaction to the body expelling toxins and is consistent with the symptoms found when quitting smoking.

3.) Hiccups - Hiccups are common among smokers and tobacco users. They're a result of swallowing nicotine. Hiccups are most common among those who use chewing tobacco, snuff, and dissolvable tobacco tablets. They swallow tobacco juice and hiccups can result.

4.) Headaches, Nausea & Shakiness - These are common nicotine withdrawal symptoms. If you are using a low dose of nicotine liquid and not taking in as much as when you normally smoked, you can experience these withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms typically last only a few days to a week.

5.) Muscle Cramps and Aches - some people report increased muscle pains. The PG in most nicotine mixtures breaks down into Lactic Acid, which needs to be eliminated from the body. Increasing liquid intake usually addresses this problem.

6.) Coughing - this is very typical, and the severity and duration will depend on how heavy a smoker you were before switching, and how many real smokes you still have while e-smoking. Even when quitting smoking without using e-cigs, people find that their body starts coughing up all the junk they've been putting in - tars, chemicals, etc. When e-smoking, some folks find they start coughing up this junk within a week or two - some faster. The duration will vary, but most people were finding that the morning cough went away in the first week and the rest of the junk came up within the first month - but it's very common.

7.) Racing Pulse, Dizziness, and Slurred Speech - these are very common with a nicotine overdose. Sometimes we overestimate just how much nicotine we were getting with regular cigarettes, and underestimate how much we are vaping - particularly at the beginning. Racing pulse is the most common, slurred speech less so - but usually too much nicotine. Try cutting down the strength of your liquids or vaping less frequently. 

8.) Heartburn - some folks have reported heartburn / acid symptoms. Not enough information yet to guess why - but these symptoms seem to come after a couple of weeks of e-smoking and then go away again. Could just be an adjustment symptom, but users have reported it happening.


Since we don't want to focus on just the negatives, I wanted to put in some positive words from our experienced users.

First, most people adjust in the first week to symptoms. Dry throat and sore throat are easily remedied, and things like headaches or gas tend to go away quickly.

Sinuses clearing up
- this is a wonderful thing when it starts happening. Your sense of smell starts to come back, stuffiness goes away, etc. You start noticing the smell of other people's smoke, or more subtle smells you've forgotten about as a smoker. The downside is you also start to smell the nastier smells too.

Smoker's Morning Cough going away
- most people find that the annoying first thing in the morning coughing session goes away. Depending on how bad that was for you as a smoker, this is a definite milestone.

Deeper, Clear Breathing
- as your body clears all the toxins away, you start breathing deeper. Some folks actually find they get dizzy initially, as they are taking in more oxygen. Many smokers actually breathe really shallow, especially if they've been smoking for a long while - so the change can be quite dramatic.

Smoke Smell Be gone - no more stale smoke smell in your hair, your clothes, your home, your car. Downside is once your sense of smell comes back, you're prone to go on a massive cleaning spree - especially if you smoked in your home because you suddenly realize how bad it smells.

(If anyone else wants to add some good or bad symptoms, let us know and we'll keep merging into list)

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